Data Sciences Foundations Certificate

  • Programs Offered

    • Certificate
  • Delivery Options

    • On-Campus
    • Accelerated
  • Credits

    • 9 credits
  • Timeline

    • One–three semesters

Make Big Data Meaningful

The data deluge being experienced in our markets today requires technical experts with the skills for collecting, handling, and analyzing large datasets. Data scientists are in high demand in every industry. The structured, meaningful information provided by data scientists becomes the basis for industrial innovation and strategy. Use complex, quantitative algorithms in data analysis, governance, and validation with anon-campus and online certificate in Data Science Foundations.

Data science has been listed as one of the top three jobs in America on Glassdoor. Data scientists have an approximately $108,000 median base salary and there are currently more than 6,500 job openings in the field.

Who is This Certificate For?

This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path.

What You Need to Know

The graduate certificate in Data Science Foundations program brings together students from diverse fields with interest in data analysis, data science, and computing tools. Students develop skills in fundamental data science techniques, including predictive modeling, data mining, information management, data analytics, and data visualization. Students also gain team-building and communication skills through collaborative projects, using their technical skills to analyze data generated by real-world problems. Students who complete the Certificate in Data Science Foundations will demonstrate their core proficiency in data science foundations, understand the application of data science foundations to specific problems, and can apply the professional skills of a data scientist (data, written, and oral communication). Together, students hone their ability to harness information from data analytics for social and industrial impact.


Only open to students enrolled in a graduate program and applicants who are not currently enrolled in any graduate program at Michigan Tech. See complete admissions requirements.

Accelerated Option

Michigan Tech Bachelor's + 1 Semester = Accelerated Graduate Certificate

Current Michigan Tech undergraduates or recent alumni, get started right away. Our accelerated graduate certificates are a fast, affordable way to add graduate credentials to your bachelor's degree in as little as one semester. Be more marketable in your industry or prepare for your master's degree. Explore accelerated certificate options.


This graduate certificate requires a minimum of 9 total credits. Students may apply the credits earned for this certificate toward a graduate degree at Michigan Tech.


Graduate Director

Laura Brown

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.